Histology Speech to the Southwest Chapter of Utah Friends of Paleontology
On February 18th I spoke to the Southwest Chapter of the Utah Friends of Paleontology at Dixie State University. My topic was "Bone Histology of Chasmosaurine and Centrosaurine Ceratopsid Dinosaurs from the Campanian of Southern Utah."
The presentation drew upon my continuing research in histology, the use of destructive analysis to cut cross sections of dinosaur bones and analyze them under high power microscopes. This "cutting edge" technique, if you will, has yielded a number of interesting finds. In my talk I discussed the research I pioneered with Utahceratops Gettyi and Kosmoceratops richardsoni. I was the first to use the histology method on these specimens. My findings indicated that there was a pattern of vascularity and metabolism that showed a potential climate variation that can be seen latitudinally across Laramidia during the Campanian Late Cretaceous.
I saw indications of this climate variation in my histology of ceratopsian bones I sampled and analyzed. In my most recent research I tested my hypothesis by sampling Nasutoceratops titusi. Here I found my hypothesis to be correct.
My speech discussed my research methodology, the science of histology, and my most recent findings.
The Utah Friends of Paleontology is an organization that supports the science of paleontology with seminars and talks such as this one. As President of the Salt Lake City Chapter of UFOP I encourage those interested in paleontology to learn more about our organization at http://utahpaleo.org/.